Joseph Holbrooke: Sonata in F Major for Violin and Piano (“The Grasshopper”)
Granville Bantock: Sonata in F Major for Viola and Piano “COLLEEN”
(World Premiére recording -
EM RECORDS (EMR CD003)
[the acoustic of the hall] allows Matthew Rickard’s heroically impressive piano playing to register with power and attractive sonority – in both works the pair of players are excellent at negotiating the numerous transitions between sections with perfect accord and musical conviction. ...
The players here are passionate and impressive advocates of both works. ...
The Bantock [finale] is a rather wonderful Irish folk-
I would count this sonata [the Bantock] as being one of the finest chamber works of his that I have heard and so constitutes a major discovery in this its world première recording. Its success rests on Bantock exploiting the ‘limitation’ of the two instruments as a way of focusing his mind onto the form and content. ...
This is a well-
Whether on violin or viola, Marshall-
Matthew Rickard is [Rupert Marshall-